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Relational learning can be described as the task of learning first-order logic rules from examples. It has enabled a number of new machine learning applications, e.g. graph mining and link analysis in social networks. The CILP++ system is a neural-symbolic system which can perform efficient relational learning, by being able to process first-order logic knowledge into a neural network. CILP++ relies on BCP, a recently discovered propositionalization algorithm, to perform relational learning. However, efficient knowledge extraction from such networks is an open issue and features generated by BCP do not have an independent relational description, which prevents sound knowledge extraction from such networks. We present a methodology for generating independent propositional features for BCP by using semi-propositionalization of bottom clauses. Empirical results obtained in comparison with the original version of BCP show that this approach has comparable accuracy and runtimes, while allowing proper relational knowledge representation of features for knowledge extraction from CILP++ networks.
We continue recent investigations into the problem of reasoning about typicality. We do so in the framework of Propositional Typicality Logic (PTL), which is obtained by enriching classical propositional logic with a typicality operator and characterized by a preferential semantics à la KLM. In this paper we study different notions of entailment for PTL. We take as a starting point the notion of Rational Closure defined for KLM-style conditionals. We show that the additional expressivity of PTL results in different versions of Rational Closure for PTL — versions that are equivalent with respect to the conditional language originally proposed by KLM.